Walter Benitez left for PSV, the Dutch club having announced the arrival of the Argentinian goalkeeper earlier today. As a result, OGC Nice will have to find a new goalkeeper to replace the one who has brilliantly defended the Aiglons’ cages for the past five seasons, going so far as to become one of the benchmarks in Ligue 1 in his position. A difficult mission for the Nice management, which is currently working on other files such as that of the bench, where everything indicates that Christophe Galtier will leave for Paris and that Lucien Favre is the favorite to replace him.
But according to our information, OGC Nice, which exercised the option to buy Bulka (PSG), already has a rather clear objective for the goalkeeper position. The Côte d’Azur team is thus trying to get Kepa Arrizabalaga, the Chelsea goalkeeper, on loan. Barred by Edouard Mendy in the cages of Stamford Bridge, the Spanish goalkeeper knows that he must revive himself, especially if he wants to be part of Luis Enrique’s list at the Euro. A titular time in the cages of La Roja under the orders of Robert Moreno, in front of David De Gea, the Basque has not been called up since 2020, and other goalkeepers like Unai Simon took the opportunity to rush into the breach .
The perfect opportunity to relaunch?
An ideal market opportunity for the Nice club, which a priori cannot afford a permanent transfer of the player trained at Athletic, recruited for 80 million euros in the summer of 2018. always of him the most expensive porter in history. It must be said that at the time, all the big European clubs, including Real Madrid, were on the spot, since he was considered one of the most promising young goalkeepers on the continent. But from the height of his 27 years, it is clear that his career has stagnated, even regressed.
This season, the doorman of the Blues, who is one of the possible starters, has only played four Premier League games, in particular because Mendy went to play the CAN with Senegal. A substitute status that he has occupied for two seasons, while his first two exercises with the London club had been quite mixed, with a titular status but several balls to his credit which had earned him much mockery across the Channel. It remains to be seen whether he would see a start in Nice with a good eye, he who also arouses the interest of several Italian and Spanish teams according to the local media.